We’ve been told by our friends, family members, and even the National Sleep Foundation to get our beauty sleep or, more specifically, 7-9 hours of rest each night for the average adult. But according to the CDC, more than a third of us are sleep deprived. More than just numbers, those 7-9 hours of beauty sleep are critical to maintaining long-term health for our body, skin, and mind.
While we sleep, our body repairs itself by lowering cortisol, creating and releasing immunity boosting cytokine proteins, and redistributing fluids throughout the body. When we fail to get the sleep we need, the result is increased inflammation in the form of collagen breakdown and breakouts along with increased stress, illness, inability to retain new information, and puffiness due to lack of water distribution throughout the body.
Because sleep impacts how we function, how we feel on the inside, and how we appear on the outside, it’s important to make those 7-9 hours a priority, just as you would prioritize going to work, exercising, or eating balanced meals throughout the day. Seems like a big shift in perspective, right? Not to worry! We’ve put together a few easy tips for incorporating natural, plant-based ingredients into a healthy sleep routine, so you can start to get the beauty rest you deserve.
Getting Quality Sleep
It’s one thing to set aside an average 8 hours of sleep each night, but it’s important we actually sleep! If you’re not getting the beauty rest you need, consider the Robyn for Sleep Tincture or Rested Capsules - two CBD products that will help you relax, sleep soundly and fight inflammation at the same time. For plant-based options, consider Sleep Drops and Magnesium Ease from The Nue Co. Ingredients like catnip, valerian root, and magnesium send us to sleep and help our body heal naturally.
For Your Body
Our body repairs itself during sleep by balancing hormones, turning over cells, and finding our little aches and pains and tending to them. Topical CBD remedies like the Plant Balm can help ease localized aches and pains, while Dr. Kerklaan’s Natural Sleep Cream can help nourish the skin while sending us to sleep with natural lavender and melatonin.
For Your Face
We know that during sleep, cortisol is lowered and water is redistributed throughout the body, both important for reducing inflammation and water retention in unwanted areas like the face. Constant inflammation is a direct cause of wrinkles in the skin and we can help reduce inflammation naturally with CBD. CBD is best known for its anti-inflammatory properties, so we like to use it topically and orally to help the body repair itself naturally during sleep. Consider the Overnight Exfoliating Mask from Hora, which is formulated with 422mg CBD and a touch of salicylic acid to help maintain complexion. In addition, consider the Standard Dose Tincture, which is ideal for calming the mind and reducing inflammation, particularly when taken at night to aid our body’s natural recovery.